Lot 96
Post-War & Contemporary Art and Design - 31 oktober 2018
Gerrit Rietveld (1888-1964)

Designed in 1934, Dutch.

A ZigZag chair, elm with brass fittings, executed by Gerard van de Groenekan at a later date. The chair is unmarked and most likely sold by Metz & Co, Amsterdam before 1964, as chairs were brand-marked after Rietvelds’ death in 1964. Acquired by the father of the present owner, thence by descent.

74x33x44 cm

Provenance: Acquired by the father of the present owner, thence by descent.

Literature: -Marijke Küper, Ida van Zijl, ‘Gerrit Th. Rietveld, The complete works’, Centraal Museum, Utrecht 1992. -Barry Friedman, Reyer Kras, ‘Gerrit Th. Rietveld, A Centenary Exhibition, Craftsman and Visionary’, Barry Friedman, New York 1988. -Daniele Baroni, ‘The Furniture of Gerrit Thomas Rietveld’, Academy Editions, London 1978.

In this remarkably simple chair, with four rectangular sections, the seat and back are joined by a system of ‘dove-tailing’ or a ‘comb-system’. Two triangular wedges set in the acute angles act as reinforcement to the seat and the base. The wedges are screwed with brass nuts and bolts, and represent one of the few instances when the hardware became a decorative part of the overall design. This system of joining belies the complex engineering of construction. The nuts and bolts must pass through each of the panels in order to produce the strength needed for the cantilevered structure. This signature design was to become an important addition to many of Rietveld’s later interiors, often being paired with the crate dining table. Furthermore, with the re-evaluation of earlier commissions, Rietveld decided to add the chair to existing interiors, including the Utrecht Schröder House.

Voor deze kunstenaar is volgrecht van toepassing vanaf een hamerprijs van € 2400.

€ 4.000,00
€ 6.000,00
€ 3.600,00

Hamerprijs: € 3.600